Good processor, very efficient. Best value on the market at the moment.
3 May 2014
Summary: Good processor, not really an upgrade from a 2500k, but slightly more efficient per clock and per watt. Haven't overclocked yet, so I can't comment on that. If you're using an older chipset that only supports the Ivy Bridge processors with a BIOS upgrade, make sure you do the upgrade before you install the 3570k. I wasted a lot of time trouble shooting compatibility, and had to put in an older processor to upgrade the BIOS on a GA-Z68X-UD3P. Learn from my mistakes!
Summary: Finally finished piecing together my new PC and gave it some time to test it out. Most of my decision making was the result of reviews from here (Amazon) and forums on tomshardware.com. -NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case, Black 921RB-001-BL -Intel Core i5-3570K -Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit -EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked w/ACX Cooler (02G-P4-2765-KR) -Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4 GB) (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B) -Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 (GA-Z77X-UD3H) -OCZ...
Summary: This product lived up to the unanimously positive review scores it receives. I've had it for almost a year, so maybe it has been dethrone by another product, but all PC games I play still run buttery.
Pros: -Great performance for the price
Cons: -I bought a heat sink with this product that I've had installed from day one, so I can't speak to the product's noise or heat levels.